Eleven in-plants have just achieved Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) chain-of-custody certification through the new InGreen group certification program for in-plants. Managed by Printers Green Resource LLC, the InGreen (In-plant Graphic Reproduction for the Environment, Ecology and Nature) program allows U.S. in-plants with annual print sales of less than $5 million to get certified for about half the cost of doing so independently. At the same time, InGreen handles many key administrative and compliance requirements, such as documented procedures and training.
Held in the sleepy state capital of Harrisburg, Pa., in late April, the 47th annual Association of College and University Printers conference brought together nearly 100 higher-ed in-plant managers from all corners of the country—and from four other countries.
At the end of this month, the In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association (IPMA) conference will convene in Kansas City. This is the largest gathering of in-plant printers in the world—so you know I’ll be there, catching up with managers I’ve gotten to know over the years. I haven’t missed an IPMA conference since my first one, in 1995.
By consolidating four printing operations into one, Fidelity Investments’ Document Printing Services has already saved $1 million in costs. An influx of new equipment and software enhancements promises to further boost efficiency and effectiveness.
At Placer County Central Services in Auburn, Calif., manager Leslie Blagg has been nothing but impressed since the January installation of her in-plant’s new C.P. Bourg two-tower collator/booklet maker with face trimmer.
Sure, Kindles, Nooks, iPads and tablets are hot, but they have not fired off a kill shot to the heart of print. “Print is still the cornerstone of the magazine business,” declares Dr. Samir Husni. “Even those publishers who are expanding and going into digital work, it’s still based on print and, with few exceptions, no one is divorcing print to focus on digital."
In December, the State of Tennessee's 50-employee in-plant installed a Xerox Color 1000 digital press. In addition to being able to handle a greater variety of stocks, the machine has greatly improved the quality of the in-plant’s color output.
Digital inkjet printers on display seemingly everywhere, let alone all the buzz surrounding Benny Landa and his Nanographic Printing process, may have captured many of the headlines during drupa 2012, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t a host of new lithographic press introductions, technology demonstrations and productivity enhancements shown within the stands of traditional press manufacturers.
Taking place only once every four years, the drupa international printing trade fair is a huge show. By the time it wrapped up its two-week stint in Düsseldorf, Germany, last month 314,500 visitors from more than 130 countries had walked its 19 halls and visited its 1,850 exhibitors.
Sometimes design is part of an in-plant's responsibilities and sometimes not. But for Valdosta State University's in-plant, providing customers with a little file design help is translating into more business and better turnaround times.
Earlier this year, IPG conducted a major survey of our readers to learn more about trends in the in-plant industry. We received 277 responses from managers/directors/supervisors of in-plant printing operations. We used that data to create an extensive market data report.
Mobile technology is at the center of a communication revolution that is sweeping almost every society around the world. These devices are changing the way we live and work. People now walk around with powerful, highly capable computers that fit in the palm of their hands and that can provide instant access to information via the Internet.
With his combined IT and business background, Ohio native Roger Chamberlain was the perfect person to run The Cincinnati Insurance Companies' printing operation in Fairfield, OH. “It was a place to settle in and call home,” says Chamberlain.